Social Justice Action Group
At the inaugural meeting of MUC’s Social Justice Action Group this week two issues were tabled which required urgent action.
1. Climate Change
Why? As Christians we are to love God our Creator and love our neighbour as ourselves. To love our neighbour requires a healthy environment for us all to live. To love our neighbour means we think of all God’s creatures and the generations to come after us.
People at the forefront of environmental damage,
Indigenous peoples and those most impacted by climate change,
tell stories of forced relocation, changes to food production and water supply, acts of violence, destruction by mining companies
and feelings of abandonment. They are calling for justice; that we
turn this brokenness into compassion, hope and loving action.
2. Children on Nauru.
A letter was tabled from ASRC (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre) giving details of the situation on Nauru, encouraging people to read the joint report with the Refugee Council of Australia: “Australia’s man-made crises on Nauru. Six years on” and write to their MPs in protest.
There are copies of the ASRC letter in the foyer as well as a suggested letter which you can take home, or sign and leave for us to send on.
3. Exploitation of Women Clothing Workers
Click to read about the Oxfam campaign to end exploitation of women clothing workers. Watch the video ‘What She Makes is Keeping Her in Poverty’. Consider signing the pledge.
Our compassion and Christian beliefs require us to take action on these issues..
4. Social Justice Quiet Day – on the Road!
The recent Social Justice Quiet Day displays held at Manningham Uniting Church, Templestowe, are going to be presented again on Saturday 1st December at the Koonung Heights Uniting Church (cnr Belmore Rd and Winfield Rd) in conjunction with their Christmas Seasonal Market. It will be an opportunity to see again the Social Justice and Ethical Topics of indigenous justice, refugees and asylum seekers, our environment, garment manufacture, international tax avoidance and domestic violence. As well, the market/fair will offer books, bric-a-brac, homecakes, preserves, plants, household items etc. More details are in a flyer in the foyer of our worship services.
Photos from Manningham Uniting Social Justice Quiet Day: